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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: helmers@chemie.fu-berlin.de (Juergen Helmers)

BE MY NUMBER TWO        Joe Jackson

This is just a simple try to adapt this lovley piano-based
ballad to the guitar. If you need it, I maybe could write
down and mail you the tabs as I play it, but firstgive it a go
and work out your own..

INTRO

F Bb C F Bb C am7 gm7 C dm7 C

F Bb C F Bb C am7 gm7 C dm7 C


Verses:


F                    Bb  C
  Won't you be my number two

F                  Bb C
  Being number one or trough (?)

am7                  gm7     C
  There won't be too much to do

       dm7               C
  just smile when I feel blue

F                           Bb C
  And there's not much left of me

F                      Bb  C
  What you get is what you see

am7               gm7 C
  Is it worth the energy

    dm7            C
  I leave it up to you


Break:

Bb    F          C            F
  And if you got something to say to me

Bb      F          C        F
  Don't try to lay off only weights on me

Bb  F              C          F
  I know that it's really not fair of me

  Bb9                C9
  But my heart seemed too much action

F                       Bb C
  And every time I look at you

F                      Bb  C
  you'll be who I want you to

am7                gm7   C
  And I'll do what I can do

     dm7             C        Bb^6
  To make a dream or two come true

            Bb^6             gm7    F
  if you be my, if you be my number two.


F Bb C F Bb C am7 gm7 C dm7 C

End:

Bb^6 gm7 gm7/c F^79


Chords:

F:        Bb:        C:

e|--1--------x-----------x---|
b|--1--------3-----------5---|
g|--2--------3-----------5---|
d|--3--------3-----------5---|
a|--3--------1-----------3---|
e|--1--------x-----------x---|


Use these chords for the first two lines of each verse and
the break.
The am7, gm7 and dm7 in the rest of each verse are:


am7:   gm7:    dm7:
e|--x------x-------x-------|
b|--5------3-------10------|
g|--5------3-------10------|
d|--5------3-------10------|
a|--x------x-------x-------|
e|--5------3-------10------|


For last C in each verse I take an upper position:

   C:
e|-----x-------------------|
b|-----8-------------------|
g|-----9-------------------|
d|-----10------------------|
a|-----x-------------------|
e|-----8-------------------|

The Bb9 and the C9 in the end of the break are:

Bb9:         C9:

e|--x-----------x---|
b|--1-----------3---|
g|--3-----------5---|
d|--3-----------5---|
a|--1-----------3---|
e|--x-----------x---|


So you finally need the chords I play in the end of the Song.
I end up in the 10th position (dm7) and progress in a downward
movement in an ending-sequence to a finally F^7/9:


Play the dm7 at the 10th and the C at the 8th position. Go
down two frets to the 6th position and try a Bbmajor6 like
this:

   Bb^6:
e|---------x--------|
b|---------6--------|
g|---------7--------|
d|---------5--------|
a|---------x--------|
e|---------6--------|

In the ending sequence I use the already mentioned gm7 after which I go over a gm7
add C on b-string at first position,

   gm7/C:
e|---------x---------|
b|---------1---------|
g|---------3---------|
d|---------3---------|
a|---------x---------|
e|---------3---------|


to the last chord, a F major7/9:


   F^7/9:
e|---------0---------|
b|---------1---------|
g|---------0---------|
d|---------3---------|
a|---------x---------|
e|---------1---------|

I hope you like it and enjoy...   Juergen


---------------------------------------------------------
Juergen Helmers               Freie Universitaet Berlin
Tel.: + 49 30 6269734         Institut fuer Biochemie
Fax :(+ 49 30 6269734)        helmers@chemie.fu-berlin.de
WWW-Page-URL: http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/user/helmers
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DjFloky wrote on April 28 2010, 09:04 am

I'm sure this is correct if you play it on a C begin - I play it on a D, but anyway, the lyrics where you put a question mark - me and number one are through, not being number one or through xD

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Graybeard20 wrote on December 30 2013, 09:35 pm

The song's actually in the key of G. However, your chords in the verses appear correct for the key of F.

There's a key change in the break. In the G version, it's Bb (chords Eb, Bb, F) -- for F it would be Ab (Db, Ab, Eb).

I haven't looked closely at the chords you diagrammed, but I think they're correct for F.

Here's how it looks.

BE MY NUMBER TWO
Joe Jackson

INTRO

G C D G C D Em7 Am7 D Em7 D

G C D G C D Em7 Am7 D Em7 D

Verses:

G C D
Won't you be my number two

G C D
Me and number one are through

Em7 Am7 D
There won't be too much to do

Em7 D
Just smile when I feel blue

G C D
There is not much left of me

G C D
What you get is what you see

Em7 Am7 D
Is it worth the energy

Em7 D
I leave it up to you

Break:

Eb Bb F Bb
And if you got something to say to me

Eb Bb F Bb
Don't try to lay your funny ways on me

Eb Bb F Bb
I know that it's really not fair of me

Ebadd9 Dadd9
But my heart?s seen too much action

G C D
And every time I look at you

G C D
You'll be who I want you to

Em7 Am7 D
And I'll do what I can do

Em7 D C6
To make a dream or two come true

C6 Am7 G
If you, if you be, if you be my number two.

G C D G C D Em7 Am7 D Em7 D

End:

C6 Em7 Am7 D GMaj7/9

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